Expecting to meet a rape victim affects women's self-esteem: The moderating role of rape myth acceptance

Bohner G, Lampridis E (2004)
GROUP PROCESSES & INTERGROUP RELATIONS 7: 77-87.

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Research has shown that women's level of rape myth acceptance (RMA) moderates the impact of rape salience on their self-esteem. Conceptually replicating previous studies where rape salience was operationalized by presenting newspaper articles, the present study featured a realistic expectation of meeting a rape victim. Female students (N = 82) who were either low or high in RMA expected a conversation with another woman about one of three topics: studying, the other woman's illness (leukemia), or the other woman's experience of having been raped. Then their collective self-esteem, individual self-esteem, and affect were assessed. In line with predictions, low-RMA women reported lower self-esteem in the rape condition than in the studying condition, whereas high-RMA participants showed an opposite effect. Although affect was generally lower in the rape condition than in the neutral condition, this effect was significantly more pronounced for low-RMA than high-RMA women. Results for the leukemia condition differed from those in the rape condition, confirming the content-specificity of the moderating effect of RMA.
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Bohner G, Lampridis E. Expecting to meet a rape victim affects women's self-esteem: The moderating role of rape myth acceptance. GROUP PROCESSES & INTERGROUP RELATIONS. 2004;7:77-87.
Bohner, G., & Lampridis, E. (2004). Expecting to meet a rape victim affects women's self-esteem: The moderating role of rape myth acceptance. GROUP PROCESSES & INTERGROUP RELATIONS, 7, 77-87.
Bohner, G., and Lampridis, E. (2004). Expecting to meet a rape victim affects women's self-esteem: The moderating role of rape myth acceptance. GROUP PROCESSES & INTERGROUP RELATIONS 7, 77-87.
Bohner, G., & Lampridis, E., 2004. Expecting to meet a rape victim affects women's self-esteem: The moderating role of rape myth acceptance. GROUP PROCESSES & INTERGROUP RELATIONS, 7, p 77-87.
G. Bohner and E. Lampridis, “Expecting to meet a rape victim affects women's self-esteem: The moderating role of rape myth acceptance”, GROUP PROCESSES & INTERGROUP RELATIONS, vol. 7, 2004, pp. 77-87.
Bohner, G., Lampridis, E.: Expecting to meet a rape victim affects women's self-esteem: The moderating role of rape myth acceptance. GROUP PROCESSES & INTERGROUP RELATIONS. 7, 77-87 (2004).
Bohner, Gerd, and Lampridis, Efthymios. “Expecting to meet a rape victim affects women's self-esteem: The moderating role of rape myth acceptance”. GROUP PROCESSES & INTERGROUP RELATIONS 7 (2004): 77-87.
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